Get better results and be most efficient by using a keyword search formatted like the one below to search most research databases for sources on a particular topic. (Most databases work best if you enter keywords, rather than entire sentences or questions.)
(Try our Search Strategy Builder for an easy way to build keyword searches with the format shown below!)
For example, if your research question was:
How does fructose consumption relate to insulin resistance in children?
Then you might create a search that looks something like this:
fructose AND "insulin resistance" AND children
If you don't find anything with that search, try adding synonyms and / or using some special characters for database power searching, like the * symbol at the end of a word root to get all forms of that word:
(fructose OR "fruit sugar") AND "insulin resistance" AND child*
After you review your search results, you may see terms that you can add to your search, like "metabolic syndrome"
(fructose OR "fruit sugar") AND ("insulin resistance" OR "metabolic syndrome") AND child*
Power searching tips: